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France's President Francois Hollande studies his notes before appearing on France 2 television prime time news broadcast for an interview at their studios in Paris, March 28, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday a political solution must remain the focus for Syria but that could only happen if the international community can halt the killings and better support the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
"Everything must be done for a political solution but it will only happen if the coalition is able to appear as an alternative with the necessary force, notably from its army," Hollande told reporters after meeting the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Jarba.
"We will only manage this if the international community can put a temporary stop to this escalation in violence, of which the chemical attack is just one example," Hollande said.
(Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Catherine Bremer; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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